Michael Smith claimed a comprehensive victory over Nathan Aspinall in Nottingham but despite that he didn’t think he played well.

Smith spoke afterwards and admitted that he was trying so hard to be the first player not beaten by one of the contenders.

Barring that he has his sights set higher and winning the whole competition this time out.

“I was trying so hard out there to make sure I wasn’t the first player to be beaten by one of the Contenders,” said Smith.

“I don’t think I played well but the only thing that matters is getting the two points to keep me clear of the relegation zone.

“My goal is to make sure I get past Judgement Night and then make a real push towards the top four and maybe go one better than last year.”

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Author: Samuel Gill